News & Media

Tue - 13 - 2017


17th May 2017, Dar es Salaam: Rotary Tanzania has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) where by Rotary is pledging funds to support the construction of CCBRT’s new clinic to provide appointment based, private eye, orthopaedic and ear, nose and throat (ENT), physiotherapy as well as imaging services.

Rotary Dar Marathon in Partnership with Bank M will support CCBRT by contributing funds amounting to USD 1.5M over a period of 2017-2019. The grant is in in support of CCBRT’s social enterprise project, which aims to expand revenues to be able to support subsidised care in the Disability Hospital. Funds will be used to complete construction of the Clinic, which will open in February 2018, and support the equipping and outfitting of the facility.

Speaking on this new initiative of Rotarians providing communities with quality heath care facilities, Rotary Dar Marathon Board Chair Sharmila Bhatt said “We are very pleased to support an institution like CCBRT providing high quality care to patients and especially in the area of disability. Part of this investment will be raised locally through Rotary Dar Marathon in partnership with Bank M while other funds will be obtained through our Rotary Foundation.”

Bank M CEO Jacquiline Woisso said “

Erwin Telemans, CCBRT’s CEO, commented on the new partnership with enthusiasm. “We’re lucky to have Rotary as a partner in this exciting endeavour,” he said. “We hope more partners will see the opportunity in supporting CCBRT’s growth as a social enterprise.”

Rotary always aspires to serve the community by investing in areas where the most good can be achieved and through this project CCBRT will be able to continue offering affordable disability care to more people who cannot afford to pay for services from profits attained through the new private clinic.

The Rotary Dar Marathon Chairperson 2017 Catherinerose Barretto said “On behalf of the presidents of the seven clubs of Rotary in Dar es Salaam which are the organizers of the Rotary Dar Marathon each year, I would like to take this opportunity to share our excitement on this project and we hope all our other supporters individuals and companies alike will continue to support the marathon so that we can achieve this very ambitious and significant goal.”

About Rotary – Service Above Self

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges such as illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns — while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.

Rotary in Tanzania

There are 36 active Rotary Clubs in Tanzania, seven of which are based in Dar es Salaam which are Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam, Rotary Club of Bahari Dar es Salaam, Rotary Club of Oysterbay Dar es Salaam, Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam North, Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Mzizima , Rotary Club of Mikocheni and Rotary club of Mlimani.


Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) is a locally registered nongovernmental organisation established in 1994. From its inception as a provider of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), CCBRT has grown to become the largest provider of disability and rehabilitation services in the country. Immediate impact is achieved through the provision of services and capacity building and a wider long term impact is seen through the strengthening of referral systems, health education and the inclusion of disability into mainstream services. CCBRT is comprised of a well-established disability hospital in Dar es Salaam, community programmes in and around Dar es Salaam and Moshi, a training unit and an advocacy unit.

In a public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CCBRT is also in the process of establishing the CCBRT Maternity and Newborn Hospital which will be a referral hospital for high risk cases in the region. Together the Maternity and Newborn Hospital and the existing Disability Hospital form the Super Specialist Hospital for the Eastern Zone of Tanzania. CCBRT’s vision is a Tanzania where people have access to quality disability services as well as safe maternal and newborn healthcare.

Wed - 19 - 2016

Rotary Dar Marathon 2016 Winners

Tue - 27 - 2016

Run with Alphonse Felix Simbu!

Catch Tanzania’s Alphonce Felix Simbu (recently finished 5th at the Rio Olympics in 2016) at the Rotary Dar Marathon!

Mon - 19 - 2016

IPTL Contributes to the Rotary Dar Marathon

Earlier today, Execute Assistant Rajeev Bhesania and Finance Manager Ekta Karsanji from IPTL a subsidiary Pan African Power Solutions hand over their contribution to the Fundraising Chair of the Rotary Dar Marathon Rtn. Alfred Woiso and Rtn. Nadine Atallah! Thank you so much for your support!

Tue - 23 - 2016

Shree Jain Sangh donates to the Rotary Dar Marathon fifth time in a row

The Shree Jain Sangh Community Chairman Mr.Jayprakash Doshi and Head of the Aan Daan Committee (Service Projects) Mr.Akash Shah hand over a cheque for the Rotary Dar Marathon 2016 worth Tsh 3,000,000 to Catherinerose Barretto Vice Chair of the Rotary Dar Marathon.

In addition, the Shree Jain Sangh Community have mobilized 100 participants – making it their 5th time in a row in joining hands with Rotary Dar Marathon.

Mon - 22 - 2016


Rotary Dar Marathon turns eight this year and Bank M Tanzania for eight year in a row has once again joined hands to become the main partner of the Rotary Dar Marathon 2016 which will be held Monday 14th of October 2016 -Nyerere day. The iconic Marathon is organized by seven Rotary Clubs in Dar es Salaam in partnership with Bank M.

The famous Marathon in the city of Dar es Salaam will be graced by His Excellency former President Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

The Marathon theme stands to be “Healing Lives, Transforming Communities” whereby the marathon proceeds will be towards construction of a Rotary teaching hospital in Dar es salaam.

Speaking to the press in Dar es Salaam yesterday on the preparations for the Marathon, the organizing committee chair Ms. Agnes Batengas said the committee is well prepared and all arrangements are going well and they are expecting to make it a memorable sporting and family event. She added that RDM is aimed at collecting funds to overcome several community challenges, as in this year we are proceeding with the last year’s project which is building of a teaching hospital. The hospital will be built at the University of Dar es salaam, Mlimani area. About TZS 1bil was raised during last year’s Marathon and this year more collections are expected.

Ms. Batengas said this year’s event is expected to attract over 15,000 participants and as usual it will include the 5km family walk, 9km walk and a 21.1km which is the Marathon itself as well as cycling. All the races will start and end at the Green, Oysterbay.

Commenting on the Bank M’s participation in the Marathon as the main partner, the bank’s CEO (Designate) Ms. Jacqueline Woiso said that the bank is always dedicated to supporting the sustainable community based projects and it has been working together with Rotary in this noble cause since inception of the Marathon in 2009.

She added, “It is our policy to work together with other reputed organizations in making a difference to the needy communities of this land.  We sincerely believe that together we will make this a great success by building state of the art healthcare facility in Dar es salaam. This means a lot to us – seeing that our community health is taken care of” avowed Woiso.

For the past 8 years, the Rotary Dar Marathon in partnership with Bank M has conducted several projects including planting of trees, providing water and sanitation facilities to schools and the project was setting up a state of the art Children Cancer ward at the Muhimbili National Hospital. The ward, which is one of the best Pediatric Oncology facility in the African continent, also the newly refurbished and well equipped Rotary Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Dar es Salaam.